Category «Computer News»

If You Think You’re Anonymous Online, Think Again

I’m a little behind in my podcasts, but today I listened to a Fresh Air broadcast from 6 weeks ago about all the data that online services know about you. Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data. “It turns out I had …

Rooting and Unlocking Samsung Galaxy Gio and Samsung Galaxy Discover

A good starting point to learn how to Root the Samsung Galaxy Discover SGH-S730M http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2069801 USB drivers for Samsung phones http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2038555 http://uploaded.net/file/xdloq4jw Another old thread about unlocking the Samsung Galaxy Discover http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=39420121 Instructions for how to unlock the Samsung Galaxy Gio http://forums.redflagdeals.com/samsung-gio-79-99-fs-1084743/26-print/ How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Discover SGH-S730M http://theunlockr.com/2013/08/16/how-to-root-the-samsung-galaxy-discover-sgh-s730m/ GalaxSim Unlock – an …

Working with PDFs

Occasionally I get a couple of PDFs that I need to unlock or want to merge. There are a series of websites that will help you with this. They all appear to be run by the same people: PDFUnlock! – Unlock secured PDF files online for free PDFSplit! – Split PDF files online for free …

Making Movie Magic More Efficient

From the New York Times: “The Croods” is a caveman movie from DreamWorks Animation that comes out March 22. The subject may be paleolithic, but the technology approach may well be cutting edge. “Croods” is a digital product of about 250 billion pixels, with high-definition sound that, along with the images and story, is designed …

Looking for a Lesson in Google’s Perks

From the New York Times: Google’s various offices and campuses around the globe reflect the company’s overarching philosophy, which is nothing less than “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world,” according to a Google spokesman, Jordan Newman. But do its unorthodox workplaces and lavish perks yield the kind of creativity it prides …

Rio’s mosaic sidewalks inlaid with bar codes for tourists

From the Toronto Star: Rio is mixing technology with tradition to provide tourists information about the city by embedding bar codes into the black and white mosaic sidewalks that are icons of the city. The first two-dimensional bar codes, or QR codes, as they’re known, were installed Friday at Arpoador, a massive boulder that rises …

Who Made That Emoticon?

From the New York Times: “The first line of my obituary is going to mention the smiley face,” says Scott Fahlman, who would rather be remembered for his research into artificial intelligence. But like it or not, Fahlman has become famous for three keystrokes. In 1982, as a young professor at Carnegie Mellon University, he …

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